Elite Ranger Military Dogs Suit Up With Upgraded Tactical Gear

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
The U.S. Army Special Operations Command is set to outfit the 75th Ranger Regiment’s dogs for military duty with upgraded tactical gear.

The U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USAOC) is employing a dog-gear program called Multi-Purpose Canine Tactical Equipment, as it looks to equip their elite 75th Ranger Regiment’s dogs with better protection.

They are looking for advanced vests, sensors they can wear and video cameras so they can insert the dogs with Rangers from helicopters, as well give them real-time video footage via wearable sensors and cameras.

While many military working dogs are trained for and to do certain things like looking out for hidden explosives or drugs, these multi-purpose canines with the Rangers are different. They are trained by the Rangers’ regimental dog program and they have to become skilled in and master a variety of skills, just like the Rangers. They all go through an Advanced Handler’s Course that is held at Fort Benning, Georgia.

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Because the range of skills needed for a spectrum of jobs is so wide, there is no one-size-fits-all candidate for the Ranger Dog program. Because it’s not a crew of typical German Shepherds or Belgian Malinois, and includes some smaller and varied breeds, the USASOC wants to be sure that each dog on the force gets a customized set of protection and gear. Moreover, this gear needs to be top-of-the line in its weight and ability, as these dogs put themselves in the line of fire regularly.

The USASOC has given qualified companies the opportunity to outfit their elite Ranger dogs, soliciting for solutions to customized Tactical Vests that won’t hinder the dog’s ability to be fast and stealthy. The USASOC wants the vests to weigh between one-and-a-half pounds and three pounds.

The new gear vest also needs to have attachment points with a 2,5000-pound ability, with rappelling straps, quick release buckles and an accessory rail system because they will help the dogs carry mission equipment.

Drones are often used to give real-life views of battlefield conditions, and the USASOC wants a camera system so that Rangers are able to see from the dog’s view. Dogs who look for IEDs or other human threats can give this information instantly through their cameras, and can provide reconnaissance and surveillance that would otherwise be difficult for humans.

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They also are looking to give the Ranger dogs a Multi-purpose Canine sensor system that has high power strobes as well as a green light and infrared light. This will let the Rangers give commands remotely using the activation of the lights.

Hooah, and a special kudos to our brave Ranger dogs!

Lori Ennis
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